Students from Coláiste an Chraoibhin suit up for interviews with Laya Healthcare. Celine McGrath, Cork Regional Coordinator, reports…
The Transition Year students at Coláiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy, blew everyone away with their smart attire for the interviews with Laya Healthcare. Company co-ordinator, Caroline Byrne, and her colleagues were particularly impressed with the student’s professional appearance;
“They made a huge effort and took the interviews very seriously, which made it more valuable for them and also more enjoyable for us.”
It transpired that all the students had been to TY Balls during the year and were putting their suits to good use! Interviewee Greg Anderson commented;
“It was really fun, not at all as difficult as I thought it would be and they seemed really interested in me. It’s built up my interview skills for the future.”
There are strong links between Laya and Coláiste an Chraoibhin. The company was long based in Fermoy, until recently moving down the motorway to Little Island, Cork. The ties remain strong though with many parents and past pupils working at Laya and a lot of employees still living in the town. Caroline added;
“It was great working with the students, they really made the most of the opportunity and we were able to use volunteers new to the business to deliver some of the sessions, so it was beneficial all round.”
The students described the site tour and the interviews as highlights of the programme. The modern glass reception area of the building, the ‘swinging chairs’ in the boardroom and the tins of sweets in the office areas – well it was just before Christmas – stood out in their minds. As did the careers of the claims investigator and business development manager. They loved hearing about the ‘CSI’ side of the business and how the development managers look after their customers. It’s all in a day’s work at Laya and now the students have the suits, there’s no stopping them.